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April 6, 2006

College of Pharmacy Professor Promoted to Department Head of Toxicology

Dr. Kevin Baer was recently appointed department head of the Department of Toxicology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy. Baer, who began his new position April 1, served as an associate professor in the Department of Toxicology.

“Dr. Baer brings many years of teaching, research, and service to this position, and I am confident that the Department of Toxicology will continue to prosper under his leadership,” said Dr. Lamar Pritchard, Dean of the College of Pharmacy.

Baer, who received a bachelor’s degree in biology and a Ph.D degree in Pharmacology/Toxicology from ULM, joined the ULM faculty as an instructor in 1994. He was promoted to associate professor, and was granted tenure in 2000. Baer’s current research interests include the use of biochemical and physiological biomarkers in freshwater fish, invertebrates and amphibians to assess environmental contamination.

Baer is a member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and is the associate editor of the Drug and Chemical Toxicology Journal. He received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in Toxicology award in 1998, 2000 and 2001.

Baer has replaced Dr. Benny Blaylock, who has served as the Department Head of Toxicology for six years. Under Blaylock’s leadership, enrollment in the program has more than doubled in the last four years.

Blaylock, a faculty member since 1993, will assume the position of associate dean of Operations, Technology, and Assessment for the College of Pharmacy. “I am very excited to have this opportunity to impact many areas within the College of Pharmacy,” Blaylock says.

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